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Definitions for those who work in communications and perception


The dictionary is rather strict in its definition of both ergonomics and its profession. Ergonomist is defined as the applied science of equipment design, as for the workplace, intended to maximize productivity by reducing operator fatigue and discomfort. Also called biotechnology, human engineering, human factors engineering. In fact, human ergonomics or anthroergonomics is the field of study of all interaction between humans and both objects and the environment in which they operate or use said objects. Of course, this can include industrial machinery or office equipment but it can also include a car’s interior, an elevator panel or an airline seat. If you use it or interact with it, that is called ergonomics and the ergonomist is the specialist that understands this relationship. Great ergonomists come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are more on the human anatomy side whilst others hail more from the industrial design field. Our Principal’s passion for ergonomics come from his work in human perception.

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